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"A friend to everybody": San Jose neighbors remember Bambi Larson

SAN JOSE (KRON) -- A memorial was growing Tuesday night outside of Bambi Larson's home in San Jose, where police say she was stabbed to death last month by an undocumented immigrant.

Neighbors remember her as a friend to everyone she crossed paths with.

"She was a friend to everybody in the neighborhood and we just connected with her right away," said Jere Washer, a friend of Larson. "She had a very good way about her that made you comfortable and I just feel really bad for her son."

Everyone in her San Jose neighborhood spoke highly of her Tuesday night. 

KRON4's JR Stone also spoke to the San Jose Police Officer's Association -- and the president is outraged by what happened, saying that county laws are to blame.

He says if officers tip off immigration and custom officials about detainers -- those officers in Santa Clara County could lose their jobs. The association president believes county laws need to be changed, as well as state laws, so officers can catch undocumented immigrants who have a criminal histories.

"This type of action, this monster that killed this victim, is horrific, no doubt," said San Jose Police Association President Paul Kelly. "Do we have to worry about someone else on an ICE detainer who wasn't acted upon and we have another killer here in San Jose? The answer is yes. We need to worry about that. 

In a statement released Tuesday, police said 24-year-old undocumented transient Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza was arrested in San Jose on Monday and booked into Santa Clara County Jail for Larson's murder .

"The suspect stalked this San Jose neighborhood and his victim. He is a San Jose transient known to camp between Capitol and Snell and is a self-admitted gang member," said Garcia. 

Officials say ICE had filed detainers on Carranza six separate times. 

Carranza was on probation at the time of the murder, police say. 

His lengthy criminal history includes possession of methamphetamine, kidnapping, and burglary, according to police. 

Authorities say Carranza stalked Larson before allegedly killing her. 

Larson was found stabbed to death in her home in the 900 block of Knollfield Way on Feb. 28.For live, local news, download the KRONon app. It lets you watch commercial-free the Bay Area's Local News Station on multiple streaming devices.

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